Question about Contax AX 35mm SLR Camera
I recently purchased the Contax AX camera and tried to load the film but it doesn't work. I have pulled out the film tip as far as the orange "|" mark and placed it on the spool and the film does not float up. No matter the length of film protruding from the cassette I tried, the film will NOT automatically advance into position for the first shot and the exposure counter in the display panel keeps on blinking and does NOT move from "00" to "01". I opened the camera back and reloaded the film again and again with different length but still NOT work. Is there any tricky or something else should be set up first?
Check the battery. Sounds like your camera doesn't have enough power to operate the film advance function.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have a very vague memory (I used to sell cameras many years ago) that there is a stop at ASA 400 to prevent you accidentally selecting a faster speed. I do remember something of the sort on a camera of that era but it may not have been the Contax. IIRC, you have to lift the dial a *second* time (i.e. a bit higher) to get it past the stop. Hope this helps but it may be a red herring!
Posted on Oct 01, 2007
The auto-rewind is triggered when the film advance mechanism detects tension on the film, indicating the end of the roll.
It could be a couple of things causing the problem...
1) The particular roll of film you were using was wound too tight, or has got some moisture in it causing it to stick.
2) If it has done this with various rolls of film, it is likely that the clutch mechanism that detects the film tension is out of adjustment. This is something that a professional camera repair shop will be about to fix for you.
I'm not familiar with this particular model of camera, but there may be a facility to turn off the auto-rewind as a short-term fix.
Hope this helps!
Posted on Jun 27, 2009
First, try removing the batteries and then reinstalling them. If the problem persists, you may wish to try a new battery. If this doesn't solve the problem, you will need to send this camera in for repairs. Parts for this camera are hard to find so you will want to have an experienced Contax repair company to repair your camera, like TOCAD.
TOCAD is the only repair company for Contax in the United States that I know of. Here is there site: http://www.tocad.com/
Posted on Jul 11, 2011
SOURCE: the film ripped from the
before opening the camera, press the film rewind release button and ensure that the portion of film which remains attached to the cassette has been totally rewound. Next, with the camera in total darkness, open the camera back and remove the film cassette. Grab a firm hold of the loose end of the torn film and tape it to a piece of wooden dowelling and then turn the dowelling so that the film pulls out and winds onto it. Once the film has disengaged from the camera, place the dowelling with the film into a totally light-proof container: an old but spotlessly clean metal tin, such as a custard powder, cornflour or even a paint tin will do the job. Don't use a plastic lidded tin as the lid is always slightly translucent and will fog the film. When the tin lid has been firmly closed with the film inside, you can take the tin to a specialist processor and get both film portions developed.
Note that specialist handling of this type regarding development is not cheap. You cannot use a regular postal processor or minilab as their machinery cannot handle damaged film, only a professional lab (or a well-equipped friend) can individually process your film. Bear the cost in mind, as it's only worth doing if you are sure that there are valuable/irreplaceable images on the film.
Also note that by pressing the rewind button before pulling out the film, you are largely using the camera as intended so will not damage it. Afterwards, check the camera thoroughly and clean out any broken film fragments.Torn film is sometimes down to a manufacturing defect in the film, or due to the rewind button popping out during rewinding, or rewinding much too fast or due to excessive resistance in the take-up mechanism as the film is rewound; the latter usually indicates that the camera is overdue for a professional CLA (Clean, Lubricate, Adjust) service. The fault may commonly be due to a combination of those factors.
Posted on Sep 15, 2011
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